The Six Week Store Cupboard Challenge

Day 23

Item to be used up: Food colouring, Peppermint oil and Rye flour


Cookbook: Home made, internet inspired recipe
Recipe: Play Dough

Well I didn’t say that you had to eat it.  With food colouring to get rid of and blue at that, it seems that the only right thing to do is to keep it inedible.

Things seem to have improved a bit on the recipe front since I first made this, so many years ago.  Back then I remember making it on the stove, waiting for that satisfactory moment when the sticky goop all forms together.  Now there are ways to use boiling water instead.

There have been some incredibly inventive additions too, such as peppermint oil (which I was delighted to stumble upon as I have some left in my cupboard to say goodbye to).  Also glitter really jazzes things up, especially if your colour is a bit dodgy like mine, due to using (up) Rye flour, or wholegrain rather than bleached white stuff.

I have even seen people use eucalyptus oil to give to children to play with when they have a cold!

Of course there are all manner of shapes of cutters and things that you can stick into the play dough too.

For more incredible ideas and images visit this site:

Play dough for me has to be home made.  It quadruples the amount of enjoyment that the children get from spending time with you.  First they get to squirrel around in the cupboards trying to find the white stuff that we call salt (my youngest came back with flour, sugar and dessicated coconut (while I was looking up recipe), before I helped her to find it in the shopping bag that I had failed to unpack the night before).  Secondly they get to weigh out and measure all of the different ingredients. Then they get to mix, stir and knead the dough.  Then they can create to their hearts content.

I kind of ended up making this recipe up as the conversion from American cups to grams did not work at all, hence the weird quantities.

  • 250g ( 1 cup) plain flour (plus more to get the right consistency).
  • 135g (1/2 cup) salt
  • 200g (1 cup) boiling water
  • 2 tbls cream of Tartar
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons of cooking oil
  • Few drops of food colouring (optional)
  • Few drops peppermint oil (optional)
  • Few shakes glitter (optional)
  1. Mix together the flour, salt and cream of tartar in a large mixing bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl or glass try to dissolve as much of the salt as you can in the boiling water by stirring it all in. Add the oil and food colouring (unless you want to divide the mixture up first to use different colours in which case add the food colouring at the end, before kneading).  Then pour over the dry ingredients.
  3. Knead well until mixture is smooth about 10 mins. You might need to add a bit more flour or water until the consistency is smooth but not sticky.
  4. Store in a plastic bag or tub in the refrigerator.


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